Sherman James in Vegas Seven

A profile piece that was a lot of fun to write is out today in Vegas Seven‘s Green Felt Journal. It’s the result of a long talk with Skylofts concierge Sherman James, who has quite a story:

Sherman James might not be onstage when he arrives for work at 6 each morning at MGM Grand’s Skylofts, but he’s still the star of the show.

He’s been a concierge at the 51-loft hotel within a hotel since it opened in 2005, and he brings a different kind of experience than most employees of the ultra-luxury guest boutique: Long before he was a concierge, the sprightly 62-year-old had a career singing professionally and touring with groups like the Platters, the Coasters and the Imperials.

From the age of 18, James, who sings tenor, baritone and falsetto, spent a good part of each year on the road. Touring with revues such as Dick Clark’s Rock and Roll Revival and backing singers from Aretha Franklin to Loretta Lynn, he learned to be versatile and gained an appreciation of the world beyond the stage.

via Lofty expectations? Here’s your man. | Vegas Seven.

I really enjoyed getting Mr. James’ perspective on things. It’s great to hear stories about the road, and he’s really got a unique perspective. If you ever stay in Skylofts, you definitely want to ask his opinion about just about everything.

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